Thursday, August 1, 2013

No, We're Not There Yet: Free Printable Car Trip Games for Toddlers

File these under "things I should've researched before our five-hour car ride last weekend".  After four hours of snacks, songs and a failed attempt at "I Spy" on our return trip home from Amagansett, I reached a new parenting low.  In an attempt to keep the kids from losing it, I resorted to sniffing the duckling's armpits and pretending to pass out.  Not one of my finer moments.

Next time I'll use one of these free online printables instead.  There are lots of printable games and puzzles online, but I selected these two as they seemed easily navigable for someone who can't read (and no, I'm not talking about my husband).

This I Spy game from Dabbles & Babbles is so genius because it includes all sorts of things that all kids love like batteries! and pennies! and buttons! and sharp, pointy things! And unlike the real thing, you don't have to worry about your kids swallowing them.

Although my son is too young to understand the concept of Bingo, he's not too young to use this as an I Spy game, treating the darling illustrations as a field guide.  The only thing that would make this Bingo board from Say Yes to Hoboken even more perfect would be if it included "a roadside spot off the highway for my training potty so I can go number two" or "a rest area that doesn't have those auto-flush potties I find so terrifying".

What games did you play in the car growing up?

In honor of #tbt, here's an old video of the duckling being brainwashed by my husband (in the car).  This was sometime before he turned two.

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